Legal & Compliance Counsel

Category:  Legal, Compliance and Audit

North Sydney, New South Wales, AU


Are you looking for a career where you can use your legal and compliance expertise to play a key role in a successful international healthcare company that makes a difference? If so, then seize the opportunity and become our new Legal and Compliance Counsel in Novo Nordisk Oceania. Start your application for a life-changing career. Apply today and join the team!

About the Department
Novo Nordisk is a global pharmaceutical company with more than 50,000 employees around the world. We have established a strong foothold as the number one in diabetes care, haemophilia, obesity, and growth disorder in the last 20 years.

As part of a globally successful pharmaceutical business, Novo Nordisk Oceania is a high-growth affiliate with an exciting growth trajectory and pipeline in new products and therapy areas in the coming years. We proudly live our purpose of improving the lives of patients within the therapy areas our products treat and put both patients and people firmly in the centre of everything we do.


The Position
As a Legal and Compliance Counsel, you will be in charge of providing legal advice, support, and counselling to the business on a broad spectrum of strategic and tactical projects within a highly regulated environment. This role will report to the Director of Legal, Compliance, and Quality Oceania. Your duties will include, but will not be limited to:   

  • Provide solutions focussed and pragmatic legal advice on a range of legal issues including contract interpretation, and compliance with law and regulations. Provide practical, solution-oriented legal assistance to Novo Nordisk’s internal clients during contract preparation and negotiation. 
  • Draft, negotiate, and manage a high volume and wide variety of contracts, including but not limited to, services, supply, speaker, and advisory board agreements. Also, reviewing and approval of promotional and advertising material in line with pharmaceutical laws and regulations including the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct.
  • Providing counsel on all compliance matters related to business on deviations to compliance policies and procedures, Business Ethics Code of Conduct – including third party risk assessment, gifts & entertainment, Healthcare Professional (HCP) transfer of value reporting and contract management. Supporting the business in third party risk assessments.
  • Assist in the development of legal templates, training materials, and relevant portions of the legal department’s intranet site for the purpose of training and upskilling internal clients. Coordinating quarterly and yearly sanctions screening and Business Ethics Code of Conduct attestation activities across the affiliate.
  • Engage and communicate with compliance and internal audit teams and to all levels of the affiliate on updates and related matters to the business, regulatory compliance developments, policies, standards, procedures, initiatives, risks, KPIs, etc. Ensure business policies and standards are maintained, updated, visible and accessible to all employees. Perform periodic testing and monitoring of regulatory compliance controls (adherence to policies and regulations) and recommend effective improvements.



  • A law degree from a reputable Australian university.
  • With 2-4 years of experience, preferably from a mix of law firm and in-house environments gained from within pharmaceutical, biotechnology or devices industries.
  • Experience in legal and compliance experience within pharmaceutical, biotechnology or devices companies.
  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical and other relevant laws and regulations, including Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Anti-Money Laundering, Counter Terrorism, Anti-Competitive Behaviour, Modern Slavery, and ability to interpret and apply such laws and regulations and policies to inform business activities preferred.
  • Certification in the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct is a plus. Must either be an Australian Citizen or have a current residency Visa to live and work in Australia.


Working at Novo Nordisk
We are a proud life-science company, and life is our reason to exist. We’re inspired by life in all its forms and shapes, ups and downs, opportunities, and challenges. For employees at Novo Nordisk, life means many things – from the building blocks of life that form the basis of ground-breaking scientific research, to our rich personal lives that motivate and energise us to perform our best at work. Ultimately, life is why we’re all here - to ensure that people can lead a life independent of chronic disease.


Upload your CV to our online career page (click on Apply and follow the instructions). 


Until the completion of recruitment. Applications will be screened on an ongoing basis, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants. 


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.